DINFIA IA 46
|IA 46 Ranquel/Super Ranquel and IA 51 Tehuelche|
|I.A. 46 Super Ranquel at Buenos Aires - San Justo airfield in April 1975.|
|Role||Utility and agricultural aircraft|
|First flight||23 December 1957|
|Status||examples still in service|
|Primary user||aero clubs|
|Number built||132 (IA-46)
The DINFIA IA 46 Ranquel, IA 46 Super Ranquel, and IA 51 Tehuelche were Argentine utility aircraft developed in the late 1950s.
Development and construction
The intention was to create a light aircraft suitable for aeroclub and agricultural use, and the resulting design was a conventional high-wing strut-braced monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage. The aircraft were named for the Ranquel and Tehuelche peoples, different groups indigenous to Patagonia.
The state-owned Dinfia organisation commenced production of the Ranquel at Cordoba in 1958. Construction was of a fabric-covered tubular structure, although the Tehuelche featured metal-covered wings. Accommodation was provided for a single pilot and a passenger in tandem configuration. In all, some 132 aircraft were built, some of which served as glider tugs for the Fuerza Aerea Argentina.
Examples of the IA.46 have served aero clubs from 1958 to date, with several remaining in operation in the late 2000s.
- IA 46 Ranquel
- Initial production version with Lycoming O-320-A2B engine, one prototype and 115 production aircraft built.
- IA 46 Super Ranquel
- Version of IA 46 with Lycoming O-360-A1A engine, 16-built.
- IA 51 Tehuelche
- Version with metal-covered wings, larger flaps, and fuel capacity increased to 500 L (130 US gal). One built, first flown on 16 March 1963.
Specifications (IA 46 Ranquel)
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1965–66
- Crew: one pilot
- Capacity: two passengers or 400 L (100 US Gal) of agricultural chemicals
- Length: 7.45 m (24 ft 5 in)
- Wingspan: 11.60 m (38 ft 0 in)
- Height: 2.15 m (7 ft 0 in)
- Wing area: 18.0 m2 (194 ft2)
- Empty weight: 690 kg (1,520 lb)
- Gross weight: 1,160 kg (2,550 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320-A2B engine, 112 kW (150 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 180 km/h (112 mph)
- Cruising speed: 162 km/h (101 mph)
- Range: 650 km (405 miles)
- Endurance: 4 hours
- Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,100 ft)
- Rate of climb: 2.4 m/s (472 ft/min)
- Taylor 1965, p. 4.
- Taylor, John W. R. (1965). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1965–66. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 326.
- Simpson, R. W. (1995). Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing. p. 413.
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